A fresh, funny, one-of-a-kind, and absolutely essential guide to maintaining civility in today's fast-paced, high-tech world.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by The Lyons Press
(first published March 20th 2001)
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Maybe I've read too many books like this lately, but I was really bored reading this book. There were a couple good/ funny comments. Mostly though it seemed like common sense, or were things that just don't apply to me (like tipping they person who helps you pick a wine - I don't drink wine). Glad to have this one done, glad to be moving on to other books.
Oct 03, 2008 Larissa rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Larissa by: No one
Like it well enough. What can I say, it passes the time when you're REALLY booored. The best part so far is the story about the man drinking out of his finger-bowl.I have finally given up on this book, the highlight of this book is still the part about the dude drinking out of the finger-bowl. Pretty sad if you ask me.
I have delved into the etiquette books for some reason. I find them fascinating. This book was OK. It became quite apparent that Mrs. Ford is from a much higher society status than myself, thus rendering much of her advice useless to me. However, manners are manners and most apply to everyone no matter what.
Jun 11, 2007 Kt marshmallow Marsh rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for modern day etiquite
Well I learned how much to tip to a hotel cleaning person, which I kinda already knew (but forgot last time I was at a hotel i think *** ), how to offer to pay for my meal when on a date, a slew of other guidelines for tipping and conducting oneself in regards to modern technology.
I didn't read every page word for word, but more or less thumbed through it and read what interested me. Overall a decent book, but the author is definitely a social class (or two...or five...) above mine so much of the information was not pertinent to me.